The Star (Nairobi)

8 November 2012

Kenya: Trans Nzoia Residents Hold Demo Over Stalls

More than 500 residents of Trans Nzoia county held demonstration yesterday. They were protesting against the county's council chairman who they accuse of illegally allocating the council's markets' stalls.

The residents allege that Kwanza councillor Fredrick Kwanusu has been soliciting for money and overcharging traders who have been applying for the stalls.

Led by Tecla Louroupe, Warriors Rehabilitation Programme chairman Robert Matanda, the residents claimed Kwanusu has been doing this in collaboration with Maridadi market committee chairman Edward Soita.

"Instead of being charged the application fee of Sh500 per stall, Kwanusu has been charging Sh5,600. He has also been allocating one stall to more than three people," said Matanda.

But Kwanusu said the demonstrations were politically motivated. They said, the most affected trading is Maridadi among others. Most of the people they said have been issued with allotment letters but they have not been given the plots alleging corruption.

The complained that small scale traders selling vegetables are now being pushed to pay sh.1,500 per stall, a move they said is beyond their reach.

However, when the star contacted Kwanusu, he termed the demonstration to be politically arranged. "My opponents are the ones who plotted the demonstration. Kwanza MP Noah Wekesa and other aspirants should be behind this. But Know that I am clean" said Kwanusu.

He said out of the 5,600 charged per plot,sh500 goes to the council, and sh.5000 is for the land surveyor and the rest sh.100 is not known adding it is land committees that are concerned with the fee collection.

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